API to buy out Sigma

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (API) acquires 100 per cent of the shares in Sigma, via a scheme of arrangement (scheme). Under that proposal Sigma’s shareholders would receive 0.31 API shares and $0.23 cash for each Sigma share. Based on the terms of the API proposal and the API share price at close of trading on […]

Atlas: too much, too little, too soon

Healthcare use in four clinical areas is widely varied across Australia with patterns of medicine use also showing disparity. <itals>The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation Report<itals> has highlighted medicine use for common groups of medicines in Australia as cause for concern – in particular, overuse of antibiotics in children and antipsychotics in those over […]

Flu dries up after record vaccinations

With only 52,000 cases of influenza reported this year, one fifth of last year’s 250,000 cases, Health Minister Greg Hunt has hailed the contribution of community pharmacies across Australia. This year’s successful primary care vaccination program helped deliver the lowest rates of flu in Australia since 2013 with a record 11 million Australians receiving the […]

Taxes and ban best in obesity war

A volumetric tax on alcohol, a tax on sugary drinks and a ban on junk food advertising to kids are the top three most cost-effective policies to combat obesity in Australia, according to a new report by Deakin University health economists. The comprehensive analysis of Australia’s policy arsenal in the fight against obesity evaluated the […]

Learn the point of digital

One hundred small businesses from diverse sectors across Australia will be chosen to undergo a digital transformation valued at up to $20,000. Community pharmacies are ideally placed to take part in the federal government’s Small Business Digital Champions Project, in which selected businesses will receive the hardware, software and digital-skills training required to become successful […]

New National President for PSA

Dr Chris Freeman has been unanimously appointed by the board as National President of the PSA, the peak body for pharmacists. His appointment follows the decision by Dr Shane Jackson to stand down from the presidency to focus on immediate family challenges that have recently emerged. Dr Freeman has a PhD in Pharmacy Practice and […]

Guild finds synergy with palliative care

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Guild) have committed to work together to facilitate better outcomes for people receiving palliative care and their families and carers. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today outlining the following objectives: To share knowledge, skills and resources in the development and implementation of innovative […]

$110m for eating disorders

Patients with severe eating disorders can access a pool of $110 million for the first time for a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare. “It is $110 million investment but above all else it is about providing the services for each person when they need it, where they need it for the first time on any […]

$240m for research innovation

Up for grabs now is $240 million for medical and research innovation as part of the government’s Frontiers program to fund transformational research projects. The Frontiers program is filling a gap in the research sector by providing government funding for early innovative projects and ideas that traditionally would not have received funding at this stage. […]

Capital gains at Chisholm

Capital Chemist Chisholm in the ACT has won the group’s Pharmacy of the Year award, presented at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra. The competition focuses on 39 parameters that Capitol Chemist believes are representative of success, including growth, services development and implementation, demonstration of core values, customer service and pharmacist access. The award […]